February 19, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

NAT

Grote Stirling

National Government

Hon. GROTE STIRLING (Yale):

I should like to ask the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) a question based upon a telegram which I received this morning from the city clerk of Kelowna, British Columbia. This reads as follows:
Copy of resolution passed by municipal council of Kelowna on sixteenth.
Whereas under dominion regulations all male Japanese of military age have to vacate areas west of Cascade range by April 1st; and whereas apparently no supervision or restrictions have been made of this evacuation; and whereas these Japanese are steadily seeping into the Okanagan valley seeking to purchase land, residences and to settle, many ol them coming in new automobiles and acting in a very truculent and insolent manner; and whereas public indignation is being roused to such an extent that violence against this infiltration may easily break out and unless stopped almost certainly will break out;
Be it resolved, (1) that all male Japanese of military age be interned by the dominion government; (2) orders in council be issued prohibiting the sale or lease or rental of land and other real estate to Japanese during the present crisis; (3) any evacuation of other Japanese to east of Cascade be under strict supervision of the dominion government only to such areas as may be deemed advisable where strict police supervision can be made at all times and in 'such a manner as not to arouse popular indignation and outrage.
A copy has been sent to the Prime Minister. Is the Prime Minister in position to make a statement which will alleviate the anxiety of those who take charge of the inhabitants of the interior of British Columbia?

Topic:   JAPANESE NATIONALS
Subtopic:   EVACUATION TO BRITISH COLUMBIA INLAND AREAS-MESSACE FROM KELOWNA
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